What Is Empathy-Altruism?

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This study is anchored by The Empathy-Altruism Theory of Daniel Batson in 1981. This theory posits that when empathy is triggered, people are motivated to help out of genuine concern for the welfare of others regardless of cost or benefits. The theory states that if one feels empathy towards one person who needs help, one is likely to help the latter without any selfish thought. Otherwise, one will only help if the rewards of helping the other outweigh the costs. There are various rewards in helping others. One includes relief from the distress of seeing another person in trouble. This only shows that segregating true altruism from selfish concerns can be very difficult. (Lacking)
Empathy-altruism hypothesis proposes that empathetic concern
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